The last time the Proteas visited Cape Town, a scant six weeks ago, they spent only three and a bit days in the middle and then waltzed off to the beach, having beaten New Zealand by an innings and some change.

Now the challenge will be sterner, as Pakistan have a more resolute batting line up on paper, but Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander will still be backing themselves for a demolition after they reduced the visitors to 49 all out in the first Test.

So with the weather set to play along for the most part, fans will be hoping for more of a contest this time, so that days four and five tickets don't go to waste. They will want to spend as much time as possible celebrating Graeme Smith's 100th Test as South African captain.

The Proteas will likely name an unchanged side from the one that won by 211 runs in Johannesburg, with Robin Peterson the lone spinner who will come into play should the Test progress far enough.

The Pakistanis, however, have been dealt a blow with the news that Junaid Khan will not be fit to play. The fast bowler, their current spearhead, has a thigh injury, and will likely be replaced by seven-foot tall Mohammad Irfan, who is still uncapped.

Smith is hoping the Pakistan batsmen will be too scared to play their shots, saying: "They allowed us to bowl at them. We managed to control the run rate for a large part of the game. That allowed us to attack them more.

"If they come into this match with a mindset to leave, they are going to be tentative. That will allow us to create pressure on them and will play into our favour."

Key Men
The Proteas will be looking to skipper Graeme Smith once again, as he celebrates his 100th Test in charge of the national side. When he scores a century, the Proteas don't lose, and he loves batting at Newlands.

Pakistan have a secret weapon (as secret as a giant can be, anyway) in Mohammad Irfan, and the South Africans will need to keep their wits about them when facing him, especially after his warm-up performance.

Last Five Head-To-Head Results
2013: First Test: South Africa won by 211 runs in Johannesburg
2010: Second Test: Match drawn in Abu Dhabi
2010: First Test: Match drawn in Dubai
2007: Second Test: Match drawn in Lahore
2007: First Test: South Africa won by 160 runs in Karachi

Prediction
Online betting firm Sky Bet have South Africa at 2/5 and Pakistan at 6/1 in the odds to win the first Test. Visit Sky Bet for the latest cricket betting.

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Probable Teams
South Africa: Alviro Petersen, Graeme Smith (captain), Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Abdur Rehman.

Dates: 14-18 February
Morning session: 10:30-12:30 (08:30-10:30 GMT)
Afternoon session: 13:10-15:10 (11:10-13:10 GMT)
Evening session: 15:30-17:30 (13:30-15:30 GMT)
On-field umpires: Steve Davis and Billy Bowden
Third umpire:Bruce Oxenford
Match referee: Jeff Crowe